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Homelessness increased in 2013 Obama economy

By Charlotte Observer (NC)

WASHINGTON -The downturn in the economy and a lack of local resources have forced more Americans to live under bridges, in their cars and on the couches of other family members, according to a recent report on hunger and homelessness.

The 25-dty survey, conducted by the United States Conference of Mayors, found that more than 20 percent of homeless people that needed help over the past year didn't get it and 71 percent of the survey cities reported that their emergency shelters, stretched to capacity, had to turn homeless families with children away.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a nonpartisan group that represents 1,398 cities with populations of 30,000 or more.

According to a 2012 report by the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, black families depended on homeless shelters at a rate that was seven times higher than white families.

A majority of the cities surveyed reported that unemployment, rising housing costs, and substance abuse contributed to higher homelessness rates.

Although Blacks often abuse illegal drugs at similar rates as whites, blacks suffer discrimination in housing and hiring that often affects how and where they live. The Labor Department reported that the jobless rate for blacks (12.5 percent) was more than twice as high as the rate for whites (6.2 percent) in November.

Homeless adults often presented with one or more of the following characteristics: 30 percent of homeless adults were severely mentally ill, 19 percent had jobs, 17 percent were physically disabled and 16 percent were victims of domestic violence. Thirteen percent of homeless adults were veterans and three percent were HIV positive.

The survey cities also reported that unemployment was the greatest contributor to the rise in hunger, followed by low wages and poverty. Increased food insecurity has strained local resources beyond capacity"Across

the survey cities, emergency food assistance requests increased by an average of 7 percent," stated the report. Eighty-three percent of the survey cities said that more families requested emergency food assistance in 2012 than 2011.

More than 25 percent of black households don't have enough to eat. Ten percent of White families live with food insecurity issues.

Even though the survey cities spent $324 million and dispersed more than half a billion pounds of food, two-thirds of the cities reported turning people away, because they couldn't keep up with the growing demand. More than 70 percent of the survey cities said that they expect the hunger problem to get worse next year because of limited resources.

"The problem is more expensive than the solutions," said Laura Zeilinger, deputy director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.

When Washington lawmakers left town for Christmas break, they left more than a million people who depend on unemployment benefits in the lurch. The deal left unemployment benefits on the cutting room floor, which means that a few days after Christmas more than a million people will lose their unemployment benefits, pushing some into povertyAccording

to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a public policy group focused on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals, roughly 1.3 million people currently receiving unemployment insurance will be cut off shortly after the Christmas holiday. In six months, almost 2 million people will lose their unemployment benefits.

In order to meet the growing needs of our nation's most vulnerable citizens, some city officials have augmented nutrition education programs and expanded the health food offerings at food banks. The study reported that Trenton, N.J., is making strides to address hunger by ramping up the outlets that offer fresh produce and offering more free school breakfasts to school children. Providence, R.I., has also offered grants for programs that feed school children during the summer and after school.

In Charlotte, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina provides backpacks to children on the weekends with seven pounds of food like cereal bars, fruit cups, canned chicken and peaches. The Backpack Program has grown from 1,277 in fiscal year 2007 to 96,326 in 2013.

In Washington D.C., the Capitol Area Food Bank started a Mobile Marketplace program that provides free healthy food options to households with the greatest need. New York City, N.Y. and Chicago, 111. have similar programs that deliver free fresh produce to families trapped in food deserts in their cities.

According to the report, dty officials said that job creation will help to alleviate the pangs of hunger. Investments in the food stamp program, affordable housing and job training also made the list.

"Despite all of our efforts the problems remain," said Schneider.

By Freddie Allen

NATONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION

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  1. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    January 14, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    Wow. Sounds like the black population is doing fantastic under Obama.

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  2. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    January 14, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    “The problem is more expensive than the solutions,” said Laura Zeilinger

    Depends on whether we will be applying solutions to the problem or doing it the liberal Democrat, permissive parent way and treating the symptoms because they just cannot stand to hear the child cry, which only creates a nation of thumb-sucking bed wetters

    We have 32 million businesses in the US, 15 million (47%) are men with no employees, 6.5 million (20%) are women with no employees, 6.2 million (20%) have 1-4 employees

    That is 87%,

    Does a minimum wage, Obamacare and all the other government regulations and restrictions make it more likely or less likely they will hire someone?

    As for the 12.999% which are the next to the last group, 4.3 million, who have between 4-500 employees, they are seeing the cost of unemployment insurance increase which prevents them from having enough money to keep the employees they do have.

    Yes, that is right, insurance ONLY works when premiums paid in equal claims paid out, but what would one expect from those whom cannot figure out how to make a website work, which is a function of a digital device using logic, but pacifier solutions because they don’t know what it takes to make things work, and think more claims paid out is a path to prosperity.

    For the last group, whom hire over 500 employees, they are 1 business out of 5,333, accounting for about 6,000 of the total businesses, primarily those traded on the stock exchange, receiving a large percentage of government contracts, involved in multinational operations, and some of which are too big to fail, so all the poor taxpayers need to dig deeper into their pockets to keep them alive.

    While they account for about 50% of employment, nearly all growth and recovery from an economic down turn comes from the other groups, which are considered small business

    Increased government spending benefits big business

    Or has no one noticed big business has a couple trillion dollars they cannot find anywhere to invest while the economic pie continues to shrink. How is that even possible?

    Small business is the engine of economic growth. There are 31,994,000 just waiting for the government to take its foot off their neck with all of its socialist policies.

    The choice is clear, more of the USSR or more of what has always made America the economic dynamo, economic freedom with a shot at the prize, only dependent upon ones own determination and how much energy they put to it.

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  3. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    January 14, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

    But… but… but… How is this possible?!?! Barry Obama the Great One has been president for five years now! Hasn’t he promised us the moon? Hasn’t he told us that things are getting better and better? Could that awful George W. Bush still be sabotaging The Great One’s efforts?

    The better question to ask is: How could there be so many ignorant voters who believe this phony baloney who occupies the white House with his greedy vacation happy wife. Especially after his first term!

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